Horror Movie Guide: The Attic
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The next entry in the Guide was George Edwards' 1980 picture The Attic. I had a vague recollection of the coverbox, mainly because of that monkey with the cymbals that seemed to be everywhere in the eighties, but that's as far as it goes. A mousey librarian named Louise (Carrie Snodgrass) spends her days lamenting her lost love and fantasizing about offing her abusive wheelchair-bound father (Ray Milland). Well, this movie escalates right out of the gate, with our protagonist slitting her wrists during the opening credits. Her suicide attempt is unsuccessful though, and we spend the next ..read more
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Insert Medical Pun Here.
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6d ago
This week's VHS is the 1992 ham-fest Dr. Giggles. It wasn't exactly a first watch, but I hadn't seen it since it came out so it might as well have been. I probably snagged this copy from my video store prior to my exit. A maniac known only as Dr. Giggles (Larry Drake) escapes from an asylum and heads to his hometown to wreak havoc (sound familiar?) on its inhabitants, including nineties cuties Holly Marie Combs and Glenn Quinn. I also don't know why he is shooting green lasers out of his eyes on the cover... Ah, the early nineties. What a wasteland it was for American horror. With genre ..read more
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Horror Movie Guide: Ape Double Bill.
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1w ago
The next entry in the Horror Movie Guide was the 1940 Boris Karloff film, The Ape. Additionally, since the next listing was Bela Lugosi's subsequent picture, 1943's The Ape Man - and each over just an hour - I decided to do them both at the same time, much like with those two Abbott & Costello flicks earlier this month.  These were two films I had no knowledge of existing, but was more than willing to partake in some more silver scream horror, as it were. As I've said before, since this book was published in 1985, I'm going to be seeing a lot of movies from before my time. Let ..read more
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Jan 2023 Horror Trivia Screening List
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1w ago
To all those who came here from the Storm Crow FB page, welcome! I am Jay, one half of the horror trivia quizmasters and this is my humble blog. If you heard a title while at the January event and thought “oh that movie sounds cool, I should check that out”, here's a comprehensive list of all the films that were mentioned. For everyone else, maybe there's one or two here you have yet to catch. Horror Trivia Night happens the last Wednesday of every month at Storm Crow Manor in Toronto. If you're in the area, come on down! Register here. Train To Busan (2016) https://www.imdb.com/ti ..read more
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Puzzled.
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1w ago
The next tape off the pile (after watching 15 minutes of The Nesting and realizing I'd already posted about it in 2017) was Jag Mundhra's 1989 thriller The Jigsaw Murders. Impossibly tan detective Joe DeVonzo (Chad Everett) spends his time, between swigs of his flask, chasing down a killer with his soon-to-be married partner, Greenfield (Michael Sabatino). The Jigsaw Murders isn't really a horror movie I know, but I'd already switched tapes once so I just went with it. Off the hop, it seemed like your average Z-grade procedural, until it whipped out one of the strangest plot devices I'v ..read more
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Horror Movie Guide: And Now The Screaming Starts.
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2w ago
The next movie in the Guide was 1973's And Now The Screaming Starts. Now again, like the aforementioned Abbott & Costello movies, I wasn't a big Hammer or Amicus watcher as a kid. My childhood was filled with bloody slashers and animal attack films so these British imports appeared tame by comparison. My only exposure to Amicus before the age of ten was those dope Dr. Who movies. However, after seeing their Tales From The Crypt anthology, I began to appreciate what they had to offer. Young bride Catherine (Stephanie Beacham) becomes embroiled in a family curse once moving into her hus ..read more
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Psychic or Psycho?
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2w ago
This week's tape is Stefan Avalos & Lance Weiler's 1998 faux documentary The Last Broadcast. David Leigh (David Beard) documents his search for the truth behind the murders of three filmmakers in the Pine Barrens. I am reticent to call this a “found footage” movie because it was made before it was even a thing. Sure, there were pioneers like Cannibal Holocaust and Man Bites Dog, but this concept was still very new in the West. It wasn't until The Blair Witch Project burst onto the scene a year later that the floodgates opened. I do have to give the filmmakers credit for what the ..read more
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Horror Movie Guide: Alison's Birthday
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3w ago
The next unwatched listing in the Guide was Ian Coughlan's 1981 Ozploitation picture Alison's Birthday. I'd never heard of this movie and I'm pretty impressed that a film that was likely fairly obscure at that time (Movie Guide to Horror – at least the edition I owned – was published in 1985) was featured here. I'm happy that my childhood compendium was at least international. Check out this fucking cover box though! Spoiler, this does not happen and Satan isn't even involved. Alison (Joanne Samuel) decides to go home for her nineteenth birthday, despite having been warned not to during a ..read more
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Rum Vs. Curacao
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3w ago
Here are some souvenirs from Serena's Freddy Vs. Jason Drunken Cinema screening last night. Art by Tony Smerek. Duelling cocktails were on offer.  So I got both naturally! Place Your Bets... on gettin' drunk. The Jason was surprisingly the tastier of the two, despite not really liking either cocoanut or pineapple. Curacao. Who knew? I thought it was a country ..read more
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Bedlam Indeed!
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3w ago
This week's VHS is Vadim Jean's 1994 Brit horror Nightscare aka Beyond Bedlam. When scientist Dr. Lyell (Elizabeth Hurley) decides to test an experimental mind-altering drug on dangerous convict Gilmour (Keith Allen), strange suicides begin happening around her. Are they connected? Nightscare is a hot mess. I guess I should have been alerted to what I was in for by the preceding trio of trailers – LL Cool J as a gangster DJ in Out of Sync, a Predator rip-off called Mutant Species, and Lorenzo Lamas actioner-of-the-month Blood for Blood. Beyond Bedlam is a good alternate title because at ..read more
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